In June, the president said that the U.S. would be prepared to take targeted military action if necessary as the militants make their way across Iraq. In recent days they have gotten closer to Irbil, where there's an American consulate and military personnel who advise Iraqi forces. In addition, the Iraqi government has asked for humanitarian aid for Iraqi civilians who've been barbarically targeted and left stranded. "Countless Iraqis have been displaced. And chilling reports describe ISIL militants rounding up families, conducting mass executions, and enslaving Yazidi women," Obama said.